Traffic Safety Unit

Enforcing Traffic Safety

Traffic safety issues are a top community concern in Eugene, and the Eugene Police Department has responded to that concern with a focused, dedicated team of motorcycle officers to enforce traffic laws. The Traffic Safety Unit currently comprises seven officers and a sergeant.


While all Eugene Police patrol officers can and do make traffic stops when they are not responding to calls for service, members of the traffic team are able to devote most of their workday to traffic issues and respond to community requests for neighborhood enforcement. The major goal of traffic safety is to change driver behavior to decrease dangerous collisions and improve neighborhood safety and quality of life.


Duties of the Traffic Safety Unit

Eugene Police motor officers’ primary duty is enforcing traffic laws within the city of Eugene, including focused enforcement in response to neighborhood speeding complaints. In addition to radar speed patrol and other standard traffic enforcement duties, this unit also engages in focused patrols and public education campaigns such as saturation patrols for red light runners, seat belt safety blitzes and crosswalk pedestrian safety operations. To contact the Traffic Safety Unit, you can leave a voicemail at 541-682-5157.


They also provide traffic control at civic functions, sporting events, parades and for visiting dignitaries, and provide other traffic-related community services. Additionally, motorcycle officers can respond to patrol calls for service as needed; their mobility allows them to respond quickly to high-priority calls and as backup to other officers.


Helpful Safety Links

Safe Kids Worldwide - Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States. Around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every 30 seconds. And millions of children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime.


Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States. Around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every 30 seconds. And millions of children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime.


Oregon Impact - Oregon Impact provides educational experiences to end impaired and distracted driving. With an emphasis on teen drivers and those that ride with them, Oregon Impact works with middle schools, high schools & colleges in Oregon and SW Washington, and attends multiple community events each year to open conversations and encourage good choices.


Radar Trailers

Eugene Police Department’s Radar Trailers are extremely popular, and they are currently reserved through August 2022To provide a timely response from when the trailers are requested, we are not presently accepting new requests for Radar Trailer deployments.  We will begin accepting requests again in September 2022. When we do begin accepting requests again, they will be routed through Neighborhood Association groups and limited to 2x per street per year, so we are equitably distributing this limited resource. To find out what Neighborhood Association you live in and who your “leader” is, follow this link: City of Eugene Neighborhoods. Neighborhood Association Leaders will submit requests on behalf of Neighborhood Associations and residents with speed concerns.

 

The radar trailers provide real time feedback to drivers of their speed, so they can slow down if driving over the posted speed limit.   This equipment assists the Eugene Police Department Traffic Safety Unit and Patrol, related to neighborhood speeding issues. The equipment does not result in traffic citations, but instead serves as a real time visual reminder of the speed vehicles are traveling.

 

Radar Trailer deployments (requests are suspended until September 2022 and will be routed through Neighborhood Association Leaders, per above) are generated through request by neighborhood residents (via Neighborhood Association Leaders),  who reside in the incorporated area of Eugene.  The trailers are only deployed in areas that are within Eugene city limits and are identified as part of the city.  To determine if an address in the incorporated area of Eugene, you can use the “Find My Neighborhood Association and City Council Ward search tool on this page: Find My Neighborhood Association and City Council Ward 

 

The duration of the deployment will be six days.  Some locations may not allow for the deployment of the trailers, or for some locations deployment of only one trailer (e.g. no deployments in school zones, streets with bike lanes that include a sidewalk but no planting strip, areas with yellow/red curb markings, or areas where the trailers might act as a traffic or vision hazard).

 

Some streets may qualify for Traffic Calming (e.g., speed humps and speed cushions) and to get more information about locations that may qualify for those devices, visit the Eugene Public Works Transportation page here: https://www.eugene-or.gov/1729/Traffic-Calming-Projects.  For information and concerns related to Traffic Operations (e.g., street name signs, traffic signals, street lights, street markings/striping and traffic related data), visit the City of Eugene Public Works Maintenance Traffic Operations page here: https://www.eugene-or.gov/313/Traffic-Operations.


Parade Forms

Parade Permit/Hold Harmless Agreement/Affidavit